Clark Center

The Clark Center overlooks a broad three-tiered pool, designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates and landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand, that integrates indoor and outdoor spaces and creates a stunning visual connection to adjacent buildings and the woodland surroundings.

The Clark Center’s 11,000-square-foot special exhibition galleries, Café Seven, and family areas are located in the lower level. The Clark’s store is located on the first floor, designed by California-based wHY Architecture and Design, led by principal Kulapat Yantrasast, and implemented by architect of record Gensler. A granite and glass concourse links the Clark Center to the Museum Pavilion, a glass structure that creates a light-filled transitional space connected to the Museum Building’s new west-facing entrance. In 2016, the Clark Center earned LEED Gold Certification. 

“I like to accomplish art spaces that inspire viewers and evoke their creativity and freedom of thinking,” says Ando. “I have always been in awe of the Clark’s unique sense of place in nature. In both the Clark Center and the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, I have tried to express a deep respect for the landscape outside and an equal reverence for the art inside. It is critical that the art speak for itself and that viewers experience it in their own way.”

THE NEW CLARK: A Conversation with the Architects